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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

Jonny Heinken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jonny Heinken's Bio

Riding on the road since I was 16 years old (1981). Hinault was King. But there were many great (and clean) riders in that era: Moser, Fignon, Kelly, Roche, Millar, Argentin.

Shortly thereafter, LeMond ascended, winning at Altenrhein in '83. The '85 & '86 Tours (LeMond vs Hinault) were almost beyond belief. LeMond vs Fignon in '89 was epic. And how sweet were the original 7-11 and Motorola teams: Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Eric Heiden, and a (very) young Bob Roll. Andy winning the '88 Giro... riding over the Gavia Pass in the snow!

Then... between 91 and 93 EPO arrived to the pro peloton and it all ended. Et tu Big Mig? Et tu??

Today: Peter Sagan, Froomey, Geraint, Dumoulin... gentlemen, you have been GREAT ambassadors for pro cycling. Ditto... the great Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara shortly before.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on February 6, 2019

5 5

Newly improved for 2018, the E.13 TRS Plus is a great wheelset for $600!

*Strong 6069 alloy rim.
*1,770g total wheelset weight.
*30mm internal rim width. Perfect for 2.4-2.5" wide tires.
*Tubeless-ready (of course).
*New, all-aluminum, CNC machined SL hub.
*Tall hub flanges increase spoke triangulation and wheel stiffness.
*Good warranty (5 years).
*Very quick 6°/60 point freehub engagement.
*All for ~$600 total.

And I love the i30 rim size. Perfect for running 2.5" wide tires. Like... Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.5 WT on the front wheel and Maxxis Aggressor 27.5 x 2.5 WT on the rear for Trail riding (or DHR II for enduro). It's a GREAT combination.

My only concern is the reliability of the hub internals/seals. Six months in (including Winter riding)... so far, so good. I'll report back if any problems.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on February 2, 2019

5 5

Newly improved for 2018, the E.13 TRS is a great AM/trail MTB wheelset -especially for $550.

*Strong 6061 alloy rim (with sleeved joint).
*1,800g total wheelset weight.
*30mm internal rim width. Perfect for 2.4-2.5" wide tires.
*Tubeless-ready (of course).
*New, all-aluminum, CNC machined SL hub.
*Tall hub flanges increase spoke triangulation and wheel stiffness.
*Good warranty (5 years).
*Very quick 6°/60 point freehub engagement.
*All for $550 total.

And I love the i30 rim size.

Perfect for running 2.5" tires. Like... Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5 x 2.5 WT on the front wheel and Maxxis Aggressor 27.5 x 2.5 WT on the rear (or DHR II on the rear for enduro). It's a GREAT combination.

The wheelset has been bombproof so far. My only concern is the reliability of the hub internals/seals. Six months in (including Winter riding)... so far, so good. I'll report back if any problems.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite Spring/Fall road gloves.

Pros:
1. Aerodynamic. Good looking. Great price!
2. No pads. Many experienced cyclists prefer gloves without pads because they provide better bar feel, grip, and control. Also, no pads = more comfort because there are no pressure points caused by the pads. You don't need pads in your gloves if you have cork/gel tape on your bars.
3. No velcro. So they don't snag your expensive jersey. And you can throw them in the wash with your other kit after your ride. So convenient.
4. Sweat wipe on glove.
5. Very high QC standards from Pearl. These won't split apart on you after three rides.

Con:
1. A little hard to get off because of no Velcro. But it's worth it for the convenience of being able to throw them into the wash.

Sizing: Pearl Izumi gloves usually fit true to size. For example (for me): Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As all bike shop employees know, Thompson stems and seatposts are simply the finest made. They are the benchmark.

Top of the line 7000 series aircraft quality aluminum alloy. Hand made and machined by Thompson in Macon, Georgia, USA.

This Thompson Elite X4 stem at 50-60 mm for MTB is insanely strong and a functional work of art for MTB.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

I've used ProGold chain lube for years. But looking online I discovered it's incredibly toxic. I had no idea.

I switched to Dumond Tech bio green and I'm never going back to old tech, toxic petrochemical lubes!

Bio Green has worked great on my MTB (Ibis Mojo 3) in a variety of conditions. I apply every two or three rides, wipe it down, and my drivetrain is smooth and silent!

We ride to be healthy and to be connected with Nature. I no longer want to wash toxic lubricants down the drain and into the environment every time I wash my MTB bike.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 2, 2019

5 5

This is great! Times are changing for the better. Muc-Off is a cool company based in the UK.

Unlike old school, toxic petrochemical products, this grease is non-toxic and biodegradable. And it works great! Long-lasting, waterproof, and effective.

Fantastic to lube your seatpost, headset, or your pedal axle threads, or any other bolt threads on your bike.

Note: Do not use this as chain lube -this is not chain lube. Dumonde Tech Bio Green is an awesome non-toxic chain lube.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Absolutely one of the best bottle cages made. Found throughout the UCI pro peloton (like on Peter Sagan's road bikes) for good reason.

Inexpensive ($20). Light (~35g). And strong!

Best feature: Bottle security. Your bottle will NOT eject during a rough descent. Yet easy to insert and remove bottle.

Designed by the Euro/Dutch cycling company Tacx.

Note: The $20 Deva is made of fiberglass/nylon/carbon; not full carbon, hence the low price. Whatever. It's a great bottle cage. CC was wrong on their specs at first. They have (mostly) corrected this.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 16, 2018

5 5

If you need a stem for a 1.5" steerer tube, do not hesitate to buy this Thompson stem.

Lightweight, strong, and beautifully made. 7000 series aircraft quality aluminum alloy is the finest available. Hand made and machined by Thompson in Macon, Georgia, USA.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 16, 2018

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) has made cycling stems and bars since 1961. Lots of experience here. Found throughout the UCI pro peloton.

This is a great carbon stem. Super light (~120g @110mm length), strong, and sweet looking. Love the new subtle Italian graphic along the dorsal line. And the "stealth" finish will match any frame color.

A classy upgrade if you own an Italian brand bike frame, or not.

*Remember, if you are lucky enough to own a carbon handlebar and/or stem... to use a swipe of grip paste to properly set your stem/handlebar interface. I highly recommend "Finish Line fiber grip" ($7/tube) -better than Park's grip paste. Then tighten the bolts to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's excellent new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten. And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque wrench/key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 16, 2018

5 5

First of all, I've owned one of these seatposts for 4 years. I've had zero problem setting my saddle level.

Mounting a saddle and getting it dialed in is a little fiddly with almost all seatposts (including Thompson). But again I've have had zero problems setting the proper level/angle of my saddle with this awesome 3T Stylus post.

3T is one of the best and oldest manufacturers of cycling cockpit components (posts, stems, handlebars) in the cycling world. 3T stands for Turin Tube Technology and was founded by Mario Dedioniggi in Northern Italy in 1961. Lots of experience here.

The 3T Stylus seatpost is fantastic. Lightweight, strong, functional, and beautiful.

Install note: Being a carbon seatpost, I recommend using a torque key or torque wrench to tighten the seatpost collar bolt down per spec. And if you own a carbon frame, I highly recommend using a torque wrench and a small swipe of Finish Line "Fiber Grip" paste ($6/tube). Don't overtighten. And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 16, 2018

5 5

3T is one of the best (and oldest) manufacturers of cycling cockpit components (posts, stems, handlebars) in the cycling world. 3T stands for Turin Tube Technology and was founded by Mario Dedioniggi in Northern Italy in 1961. Dedioniggi was the first person to use aircraft grade aluminum alloy in cycling cockpit components. Lots of experience here.

This 3T stem is lightweight, strong, functional, and beautiful.

Install note: I recommend using a torque key or torque wrench to tighten the stem's torx bolts down per spec (5.5 Nm front; 8 Nm rear). 3T uses torx bolts (like zipp) because they torque down better and are less resistant to stripping.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 10, 2018

5 5

I agree. This is an awesome tool. And essential to own if you have a carbon handlebar or seat post. And it is a better torque tool than the less expensive Ritchie ones.

Solid and heavy in the hand. Really impressive. And very easy to use with a large handle. This wrench gives you great "feedback." A clear, definate and solid 'click' when you reach your torque limit.

Great for properly tightening your stem and seatpost bolts.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 13, 2018

4 5

Purpose/application: These lite booties will provide protection in cool and/or windy conditions down to about 50* (temp sensitivity is individual). Also for aerodynamics (e.g., time trial). Also fantastic for visibility (hi-viz yellow) in cloudy, low-light conditions.

These are great, but Pearl Izumi does NOT claim these are waterproof (on their website). The seam is not even taped. These will provide a little help on wet roads after a rain (hence, "barrier lite"). But if you ride in these in full-on rain, your feet will be soaked.

If you will be riding in colder temps (40's) or in significant rain, I highly recommend using a warmer and more water-resistant bootie such as Pearl's "PRO Barrier WxB" or Castelli's Tempesta.

Sizing: Follow the size chart. I wear a 45 euro in Sidi and Shimano. The XL is the correct size.

Note: The top material is coated with polyurethane for stretchiness (aerodynamics). It is a little delicate. Take care putting these on.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Sugoi is a road and MTB cycling clothing and gear company based in Vancouver, BC. Being in the PNW, they certainly know wet/drizzly weather! So...

If you are really going to ride in the rain because you have to (commuter) or otherwise you ride/train in the rain (or just in cold weather), then you NEED a helmet cover. Why?

A helmet cover prevents rain from soaking your head, of course. A helmet cover also 'closes' the vents in your helmet, improving aerodynamics and providing thermal protection in cold and DRY conditions. Add a thermal cap underneath if it's really cold out (sub 45/50°).

The Sugoi Zap 2.0 is a great product. Good looking! Quality and fits well.

***Please be safe riding out there in inclement weather with autos on wet roads. Always buy a helmet cover in a high-viz color.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Buy this Jersey and its (almost) like you're riding on the UCI pro tour in Europe!

All Santini clothing is designed and manufactured in Italy by Pietro Santini and family since 1965.

PROS: (1) High quality fabrics. Functional. (2) The QC and sewing is flawless. (3) Handmade in Italy. (4) Great looks.

CONS: None (as long as it fits).

Pro riders in Europe have worn Santini for years -including of course the 2018 Trek/Segafredo team. And the winner of the Giro d'Italia. Look closely for the "sMs" logo (Santini Maglificio Sportivo) on the chest of the riders.

Fit: Size up +1 from your normal street size! Santini/Italian sizing -is- different than US sizing.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

All Santini clothing is designed and manufactured in Italy by Pietro Santini and family since 1965.

PROS: (1) Well thought-out design and fit from experience. (2) High quality fabrics. And the QC and sewing is flawless. (3) Handmade in Italy. Pure luxury, classic (almost retro styling), yet modern and functional. (4) Great looks.

CONS: None (as long as it fits).

BTW, a lot of UCI pro riders in Europe wear Santini -including the 2018 Trek/Segafredo team and of course the winner of the Giro d'Italia. Look closely for the "sMs" logo (Santini Maglificio Sportivo) on the chest of the riders.

Fit: Size up +1 from your normal street size! Santini/Italian sizing -is- different than US sizing.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

This Castelli jersey is designed specifically for riding fast in warm weather. This is one of the best made for this purpose. This is pro level kit.

PROS: Aero, light, and super-ventilated. Wide arm bands. Neck zipper guard. And the quality zipper zips up/down easily (great for climbing).

Notes:
(1) By design this jersey is light. So, it doesn't hold heavy items (like your expensive smart phone) in the rear pockets well -especially if you unzip the front zipper while climbing. The rear pockets -will- hold an extra tube in the center pocket, energy packs, and soft things like sun arm protectors just fine.
(2) This fabric snags -very- easily on velcro (like many lightweight jersey fabrics do). Be careful if you have velcro on your gloves!
(3) I like to wear mine with one of Castelli's awesome summer vest baselayers underneath (like the "seamless") to maximize sweat ventilation. It's a great combination.

Sizing: It's Castelli. Size up +1. Always.
Fit: Tailored slim for the fit/athletic rider.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2018

5 5

Awesome for keeping your toes warm while riding from 60° down to about 50/45° F (depending upon your cold sensitivity).

Pros: Warm, insulating material (neoprene) is highly effective. And they are super stretchy, so they are very easy to get on and off. Much easier than booties! And you can easily stuff them in your rear jersey pocket on an early morning ride if the temp warms up.

Cons: Even though ver 2 has been reinforced on the bottom, the bottoms will wear out or cut if you walk on rocks or gravel; so I don't do that. Not for MTB use.

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